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Folkways by Candlelight
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Location: The Landing - Shakopee
Date of Event: 12/15/17

Take a candlelit stroll through the 1800s Eagle Creek Village. Greet costumed residents as they share holiday traditions, watch the Christmas Pageant in the Town Hall at 6:30pm, and enjoy music by pianist Renea Williams. This is a fee based activity. See website for details.

Kids Winter Wonderland Program - Reindeer and White tailed Deer, What is the Difference?
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Location: William OBrien State Park - Marine on St Croix
Date of Event: 12/16/17

Hey kids! Learn about the similarities and the differences between Reindeer and White-tailed Deer! After the talk, make a Reindeer Ornament to take home! This is a free event however, registration and parking pass required. See website for details.

Christmas Bird Count
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Location: Ney Nature Center - Henderson
Date of Event: 12/16/17

Help the Ney Nature Center to record resident and migratory bird statistics. Count from home or join us at the Education Building between 8:30am and 4:30pm. This is a free event. See website for details.

Candy Cane Hunt
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Location: Silverwood Park - Saint Anthony
Date of Event: 12/16/17

Search for candy canes hidden by Santas elves, find 3 and get a prize. Look for canes with golden ribbons for larger prizes. Enjoy a horse-drawn wagon ride, warm treats, arts, winter games, and photos with Santa. This is a fee based activity. See website for details.

Animal Skins and Skulls
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Location: Fort Snelling State Park
Date of Event: 12/17/17

All animals are uniquely adapted for their survival. Learn about the adaptations of various animals that live in the park by examining their skins and skulls. Dress for the weather and meet at the Visitor Center. This is a free event however, parking pass is required. See website for details.

Animal Tracks and Signs
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Location: Afton State Park - Afton
Date of Event: 12/17/17

As the animals of winter scuffle through the snow, they leave behind their footprints and other signs. Join us on this snowshoe hike and become a nature detective in search of animal tracks and signs. This is a free event however, parking pass is required. See website for details.

Free Family Fun Days: Small Mammals
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Location: Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park - Brooklyn Park
Date of Event: 12/17/17

Explore through hands-on activities that everyone can enjoy at their own pace. Drop in anytime. See website for details.

Winter Solstice Celebration
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Location: Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park - Brooklyn Park
Date of Event: 12/21/17

Celebrate the shortest day of the year with light, music and cheer! Explore holiday traditions from around the world. Hike or snowshoe to tie down the sun. Enjoy warm refreshments by a bonfire and create crafts to take home. This is a fee based activity and reservations are required by Dec 18. See website for details.

Folkways of the Holidays
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Location: The Landing - Shakopee
Date of Event: Dec 16, 17 & 23

Discover the holiday traditions of 19th-century Minnesotans. Watch folk art performances, ride a horse-drawn trolley, and tour homes with culturally-distinct decorations and crafts. Dress for the weather. This is a fee based activity. See website for details.

Winter Fun Day
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Location: Bloomington Education and Visitor Center - Bloomington
Date of Event: 12/28/17

Embrace winter with us as you learn how animals adapt for winter survival. We will have activities for the whole family to enjoy, both indoors and out. If you get cold, warm up by the fire during story time. This is a free event. See website for details.

Smore Nature Fun
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Location: Maplewood Nature Center - Maplewood
Date of Event: 12/30/17

It is FUN to be outside in the wintertime! Take a walk or snowshoe down to the pond with the naturalist for a fun exploration then make some Smores on the campfire. Yum! This is a fee based activity and pre-registration is requested. See website for details.

Weekly Programs with a Ranger
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Location: MN Valley National Wildlife Refuge-Bloomington
Date of Event: 1pm Fridays & Saturdays thru March

Join a ranger for a 1/2 mile Nature walk at 1pm each Friday and Saturday through March. Each week will focus on a different topic to explore what wildlife are experiencing on Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge. These programs are free and fun for all ages. See website for details.

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